07/07/15 1:32pm

Starbucks - 2040 Jamieson Ave in Carlyle section of Alexandria, VA

This news is prudent given that there are more than one dozen Starbucks stores in Alexandria.

Via USA Today

Starbucks (SBUX) is raising prices again starting Tuesday, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most affected drinks, the company said.

The Seattle-based company also raised prices nationally about a year ago.

A small and large brewed coffee will each go up by 10 cents in most areas of the country, Starbucks says. That would bring the price of a large coffee to $2.45 in most U.S. stores.

Some other coffee sellers are cutting prices. Last week, The J.M. Smucker Co. said it would cut prices for most of its coffee products because of declines in future prices for unroasted coffee beans. In an emailed statement Monday, Starbucks Corp. said coffee costs are only part of its expenses, which also include rent, labor, marketing and equipment.

Read more at this link.

07/07/15 11:01am

Day 16 - Market Square, Old Town Alexandria
Alexandria, Virginia’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) has two events coming up in July.

On Saturday, July 25, at 10:00 AM, join Alexandria Kidical Mass for a ride along the Holmes Run Trail and a stop by the Bicentennial Tree. Meet up at 10:00 AM at Cameron Run Regional Park for this 4-mile ride. Contact Natasha Anderson for more details.

Also, on Saturday July 25, at 12:00 PM, volunteers are needed to help deliver food as part of “Bike for Good”, the Food Rescue program at the Old Town Farmers’ Market. Details and sign-up at this link or contact Jake Jakubek.

(Photo by scorchedearth, on Flickr)

07/07/15 10:40am

Home for rent in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia at 209 South Union Street
This extraordinary 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath townhouse is for rent and located at 209 South Union Street in the Old Town neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

Via the listing

Great life style in the heart of Old Town! 2 level townhouse features updated gourmet kitchen, updated baths, washer/dryer, large patio, attic storage, off street parking. Starbucks, restaurants, nightlife, park, Potomac River and water taxi all within 2 blocks. Convenient to DC, The Pentagon, Crystal City.

Contact the Realtor at this link if you’re interested in more information about this property.

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Home for rent in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia at 209 South Union Street

07/07/15 10:27am

FrancisPierpontVia OHA, on July 7, 1865, the four year occupation of Alexandria by Union forces ended, and the military governor departed the city, vacating the home at 415 Prince Street that had been used as the headquarters for the “restored” government of Virginia.

The restored government was first created at the Wheeling Convention in early June 1861 when counties in the northwest section of Virginia refused to join the Confederacy after the state’s vote for secession was approved by the larger population on May 23 of that year. Francis Harrison Pierpont, was elected governor with the support and recognition of President Abraham Lincoln, and was re-elected in May 1863, serving until 1867. He was a driving force behind the creation of the new state of West Virginia, approved by congress in 1863.

When Arthur Boreman was elected governor of the new state, the capital of the restored government of Virginia moved to Alexandria with Pierpont remaining as governor.  It was Pierpont who ordered the seizure of a pasture at the southern end of Washington Street then owned by Francis L. Smith, Robert E. Lee’s friend and lawyer that was quickly developed into the Freedmen’s Cemetery.

In May 1865, President Johnson appointed Pierpont as Provisional Governor of Virginia and the capital was moved to Richmond.

07/07/15 10:11am

CREDIT R Kennedy for Visit Alexandria

From July 10-19, 2015, music fans can take part in the first-ever Alexandria Live Music Week, with 10 days of live music at more than 30 restaurants and venues hosting musical performances. Live Music Week will feature more than 100 acts ranging from jazz to bluegrass, Irish, folk rock, country and more at venues including the legendary Birchmere music hall, waterfront newcomer Blackwall Hitch, Daniel O’Connell’s Restaurant & Pub, Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub, John Strongbow’s Tavern and the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Live Music Week’s kick-off weekend includes the Alexandria/USA Birthday Celebration on Saturday, July 11, featuring performances by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and fireworks over the Potomac River, with the second weekend culminating with The Bacon Brothers at the Birchmere on July 16, 17 and 18.

LiveMusicWeek.com is the information hub that will roll out the week’s schedule and more details as the event approaches, with updates shared on Visit Alexandria’s social media channels with the hashtag #LiveMusicWeek.


  • Port City Brewing Co. celebrates Live Music Week’s kick-off weekend with its Old Town Alexandria pub crawl on Saturday, July 11
  • Alexandria/USA Birthday Celebration honors Alexandria’s 266th birthday with fireworks and performances by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, July 11
  • The Birchmere hosts various rock, blues and country acts including Southside Johnny, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and The Bacon Brothers throughout Live Music Week
  • Blackwall Hitch complements its brand-new waterfront dining experience with daily performances by local, regional and national acts including Lovebettie and The Cheaters
  • Daniel O’Connell’s features daily Irish music and rock, plus surprise performances. Acts include award-winning singer-songwriter Áine O’Doherty and DC-based rock band Judge Smith
  • Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub, John Strongbow’s Tavern and The Light Horse Restaurant present 10 days of live Irish, Celtic and rock music including The Fighting Jamesons
  • Bilbo Baggins hosts a jazz-themed wine tasting featuring Rico Amero and a Grateful Dead-themed 35th anniversary party featuring the Scott Fallon Experience
  • Nick’s Nightclub features country music performances including national act The Josh Phillips Band
  • Torpedo Factory Art Center hosts Nomadic Jazz featuring tenor saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, previously a resident at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Strathmore.
 CREDIT R Kennedy for Visit Alexandria

CREDIT R Kennedy for Visit Alexandria